Wrap up of Stage 2 workout B! I started off my day with some pumpkin oat bran with egg whites and topped with a teaspoon of butter and brown sugar. This was tasty. We still have really cold mornings around here. I am so sick of being cold!
I ate my morning snack just before I left to work out. I never know what my work schedule will be like and I am happy when I can take the morning workout time.
Of course, Pixie had to see what I was doing and get her big feet in there.
Here was the progress of Stage 2, workout B over the last 4 weeks.
|Exercise||Set/rep/weight Week 1||Set/rep/weight Week 4|
|1a. Reverse Cable Wood Chop (low to high)||3 sets of 8 each side at 20#||3 sets of 8 at 30#|
|1b. Jackknife on stability ball||3 sets of 8||3 sets of 8 – no falling!|
|2a. Step Ups||3 sets of 8 each leg with 25# kettle bells||3 sets of 8 each leg with 30# kettle bells|
|2b. T Pushups||3 sets of 4 each side||3 sets of 4 each side|
|3a. Pliet Squats||3 sets of 8 with 25# kettle bell||3 sets of 8 with 30# kettle bell|
|3b. Alternating lateral raise||3 sets of 8 each arm with 8# DBs||3 sets of 8 each arm with 10# DBs|
|4a. Reverse Row||3 sets of 8||3 sets of 8|
|4b. Supine Hip Extension to Leg Curl (SHELC)||3 sets of 8||3 sets of 8|
No as much increase in weight, but what doesn’t show is how much easier each set became. Where I was struggling to eke out reps was much better towards the end. Definitely feeling strong. Not any smaller, but such is life, right?
My legs do a lot of work for me!
You can kind of see the difference in the size of my thighs in this photo. That is how much my quad has atrophied. Strong leg, weak leg. It’s more obvious when the muscles are pumped up from lifting.
Lunch when I got home:
I’m in a rut – sing it with me!
Remember that china cabinet we bought over the weekend? It was time to pick it up. I had to have my dad take me over because he has a truck. The cabinet wouldn’t fit in the Prius. Boo. Now, I didn’t want my dad to do any lifting, so I had him park and wait and went in to see if the owner would help get the cabinet out to the vehicle. Then he asks if my husband was here to help. 🙄 I said, “No, I lift and I can do it.” It was more awkward than heavy. Then he says “Well, you won’t need a workout today”. Ha- I already had one! He was very nice, though, and I certainly will be going back there to look for other furniture. AFTER WE MOVE!
I was late for latte time because of that and got it made as soon as I got home.
Note the new cabinet behind me, without its drawer. 😀 Just plunked it down because I had to get back to work.
Dinner time was a chicken apple sausage for something different. No rut here!
We got the cabinet in place while dinner was cooking. I love it.
It needs a good polish. There are only a couple of flaws in it. Some of the veneer has come off the trim in the door, but with a little bit of stain and polish, it will barely show. I hate the fact that this will have to be moved again, but I think it’s worth it.
Now to finish up work and scrounge up an evening snack!